Ben Weatherstaff," he answered, and then he added with a surly chuckle, "I'm lonely mysel' except when he's with me," and he jerked his thumb toward the robin.
She had never thought much about her looks, but she wondered if she was as unattractive as Ben Weatherstaff and she also wondered if she looked as sour as he had looked before the robin came.
She was standing a few feet from a young apple-tree and the robin had flown on to one of its branches and had burst out into a scrap of a song.
Robin dodged his blows lightly, then sprang in swiftly and unexpectedly and dealt the stranger such a blow upon the short ribs that you would have sworn the tanner was trimming down his hides for market.
He thrust down his long staff to Robin crying, "Lay hold of that, an your fists whirl not so much as your head
When Robin was a youth of eighteen, stout of sinew and bold of heart, the Sheriff of Nottingham proclaimed a shooting match and offered a prize of a butt of ale to whosoever should shoot the best shaft in Nottinghamshire.
Sweet was the greenwood as he walked along its paths, and bright the green and rustling leaves, amid which the little birds sang with might and main: and blithely Robin whistled as he trudged along, thinking of Maid Marian and her bright eyes, for at such times a youth's thoughts are wont to turn pleasantly upon the lass that he loves the best.
Hood ballads are full of humor; they are full, too, of English outdoor life, of hunting and fighting.
I have made bolder words good before now," returned Robin, "and that against better adversaries.
But Robin put aside these hospitalities as bad for the breath.
Yes, madam,' says Robin, 'I had done it before now, if the teasers here had not worried my by way of interruption.
But I shall not,' says Robin, 'unless you will give your consent.